Halo Infinite fps drops stuttering – This performance guide will show you how to fix issues like fps drops and stuttering in Halo Infinite PC.
Too many Performance Issues in Halo Infinite
[Note: The fixes recommended in this article, have been sketched keeping Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta in mind. Things may change once the final version comes out.]
After a whole lot of delays, Halo Infinite is finally available on Xbox and PC(Sorry PS users). Talking about the game, Halo Infinite is a shooter, with its gameplay mainly focused on the first-person perspective. The game is the sixth main Halo game, and has been developed by 343 Industries. Just like the previous Halo titles, Infinite has a Campaign mode, as well as a Multiplayer mode. But unlike previous installments in the series, the multiplayer portion of the game is completely free-to-play.
The game features a decent arsenal of weapons and vehicles, that are commonly found in the Halo games. It also features several types of abilities, such as the Grapple Shot and Thruster. Which can come really handy during battles. There are some new additions as well, though. For example, the ability pickups in the multiplayer mode, which allow a player to activate a special power, such as camouflage, dashing, and “repulsor” charges that can knock enemies and projectiles back. The number of times you can use them is limited, though.
Now that the basic information about the game is out of the way, let’s talk about how the game performs on PC. I will and go ahead and say, Halo Infinite, in its current stage, is one of the most poorly optimized games of 2021. If you thought that BF 2042 runs bad, you haven’t tried Halo Infinite yet. The in-game performance is horrible. There are fps drops and random stutters at almost every instance. If you do not have a decent PC, you are going to have a tough time. The game literally runs at 30 fps on a GTX 1050 ti, at the lowest settings. If you don’t know what fps, you are getting in the game, you can turn on the FPS counter to check it.
Now, the question is, is there are way to fix the fps drops and stuttering in Halo Infinite? Well, there are plenty of ways, actually. The problem is, there is no 100% guaranteed fix at the moment. And, I don’t think there will be one in the future, too. Because there are thousands of factors that can lead to performance issues in games. So, it is impossible to come up with a single fix, that will do the job for every single Halo player. Anyway, let’s check out the fixes:
How to fix the FPS Drops and Stuttering in Halo Infinite
Compare the System Requirements of Halo Infinite with your Hardware Specifications
Make sure that your PC is capable enough to handle Halo Infinite, and generate playable framerate in the game. Here are the official system requirements:
As you can see, you need a RX 570 or a GTX 1050 ti, to run the game at the lowest possible settings. And don’t think you would be able to run the game on 1920×1080, with those GPUs. You would be forced to switch to 720p or 900p. Then only, you will start getting something around 60 FPS.
If you ask me, you need to have something like a RTX 2060, paired with a something like a Ryzen 5 3600, to get good performance in Halo Infinite. But then again, this might change with the launch of the final version. And 343 might end making the game, one of the most optimized titles of 2021. One can only hope.
Use the GPU Drivers recommended by the developers
343 has already recommended the Nvidia and AMD drivers, that are best suited for Halo Infinite. Here is what they have to say:
Halo Infinite should be played with the latest PC graphics drivers. To install the latest drivers, visit the manufacturer’s support site:
- Recommended driver: Halo Game Ready Beta Driver
- The AMD Halo Game Ready Beta Driver significantly improves performance. Please update to this driver for the best experience.
- Recommended driver: 496.49
- All Intel graphics drivers
- Intel graphics hardware is not supported at this time.
Tweak the settings to squeeze out extra performance
You can actually fix the fps drops simply by tweaking some settings in the game.
- Anti-aliasing: Low
- Texture Filtering: Low
- Ambient Occlusion: Low
- Texture Quality: Low
- Geometry Quality: Low
I recommended that you check out the full settings guide…
Uninstall High-res textures
This fix has proven to be one of the most successful fixes so far. And, thousands of players have already confirmed that. When you install Halo, you get a Multiplayer High-Res Textures pack by default. The size of the pack is around 7.7 GB, and it affects the visuals of maps in the multiplayer mode. You probably have it installed at the moment, without having any idea. Here is how to uninstall it:
- If you are Steam user, then go to your Library
- Right-click on Halo Infinite
- Select Properties
- Click on ‘DLC’
- Un-tick the box beside ‘Multiplayer High-Res Textures’
- Wait and see if any update takes place
- Restart Steam after everything is done
If you have Halo Infinite on the Xbox app, then:
- Go to the Halo Infinite store page on your Xbox app
- Click on these ‘three dots’, and select Manage Game
- Now, just un-tick the box beside High-res Textures
- Apple Changes
- Restart the App
Use the Minimum Frame Rate setting to get stable FPS
I checked some Reddit posts and some posts on Steam, and I realized that a lot of users have misinterpreted the ‘Minimum Frame Rate’ setting, included in the Halo Infinite. I don’t blame them, actually. One might think that it is just some sort of FPS limiter, by looking at this. It is not. In fact, this setting is similar to Dynamic Resolution or Adaptive Resolution.
If you set Minimum Frame Rate to 60, then the game will dynamically change to resolution, and make sure that you get 60 FPS minimum at all cost. The problem is, if you have a low-end GPU, that is not capable of giving you 60 FPS at 1920×1080 resolution, this setting will greatly reduce the resolution, causing the game to look blurry. Also, depending on your GPU, you might or might not experience some freezing, whenever the dynamic switch in resolution was taking place during combats.
So, it is up to you. If you are trying to get playable framerate on something like the GTX 1050 ti, or any dedicated laptop GPU. You can use Minimum Frame Rate, to make the game somewhat playable at the moment. If you do so, make sure to set ‘Maximum Frame Rate’ to ‘120’ or the highest number available for you, and ‘Sharpening’ to ‘60%’. It will help you tackle the blurriness a little better. Turn off VSync as well. Considering there are no other factors affecting your PC, you will notice significantly less stuttering after this.
Increase Performance by Disabling Desktop Capture/Background Recording
This fix has been recommended by community member /Plank. Take a look:
This is a short guide with 2 methods of disabling background recording and nvidia’s instant replay, which have a noticeably bad effect on the game’s performance. Keep in mind you won’t be able to record when these are disabled.
Method 1 (Nvidia Shadowplay Desktop Capture)
- Open Shadowplay (by default this is Alt + Z). Click instant replay and turn it off so we can change the settings
- Open the settings with the cog on the right.
- Scroll down and click on the “Privacy control” tab.
- Disable “desktop capture”. This prevents you from using instant replay on your normal desktop (and Halo currently) but it should work with other games. I recommend OBS or Bandicam if you want to record Halo before this is fixed.
Method 2 (Xbox Game Bar)
You can do this from anywhere on your PC. Pictures will be under their respective steps.
- Press Win + G to open the Xbox Game Bar. If you see this circular arrow, then background recording is enabled.
- Open the Settings menu by clicking this cog.
- Open the “Capturing” section near the bottom.
- Uncheck the box next to “Record in the background while I’m playing a game”. The circular arrow from before should also be crossed out now.
That is going to be all for the topic of fixing FPS Drops and Stuttering issues in Halo Infinite. Nothing mentioned is this article is permanent, and are subject to change, after the final version comes out. If none of the methods mentioned work for you, then you can directly send a ticket to Halo Support by following the steps mentioned here.
If you want, you can actually check out my performance video of Halo Infinite. The game is running on a RTX 3060 Ti paired with a Ryzen 5 5600x:
If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Halo Infinite guides, keep an eye on Frondtech.
That’s all folks!
Last Updated on November 23, 2021
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